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    Chiefs down spirited Reds in Waikato

    2019-05-24 11:29

    Cape Town - Chiefs produced an epic defensive effort to keep alive their slim finals hopes with a hard-fought win over Reds in Hamilton on Friday.

    As it happened: Chiefs v Reds

    The Chiefs won 19-13 after leading 19-6 at half-time.

    The New Zealanders scored three tries to one despite being outplayed for most of the match and failing to notch a point in the second half.

    They made 242 tackles to 85 as the Reds dominated possession but failed to find a way through.

    "Man, that was an immense effort to hold the Reds out, they were outstanding in the second half," captain Brad Weber said.

    "We were probably our own worst enemy, giving away a ton of penalties and couldn't get out of our own half."

    The win takes the Chiefs above Blues in the New Zealand conference and makes a spot in the finals a mathematical possibility, although most teams in contention have a game in hand on them and results would need to go their way.

    The result dents the Reds' finals prospects and skipper Izack Rodda admitted it was frustrating.

    "The last five minutes we were on their line and just going and going, credit to the Chiefs for holding us out, it was an amazing effort," he said.

    The Reds almost scored in the opening minutes, working the ball through 19 phases, only for Angus Scott Young's lunge at the line to be ruled a double movement. 

    Etene Nanai-Seturo then had a try disallowed at the other end when the replays showed the Chiefs winger knocked on before grounding the ball. 

    Chiefs loose forward Pita Sowakula made no mistake in the ninth minute, beating three defenders to cross for a converted try. 

    Prop Atu Moli extended the home team's lead after a patient build-up, then Nanai-Seturo scored their third try just before the break to make it 19-6. 

    Adding to the Reds' woes, the Queenslanders had another try disallowed, again for a double movement. 

    A Taniela Tupou try after the restart reduced the Chiefs' buffer to six points and they laid siege to the tryline but could not find a way through.

    Next week the Chiefs host the Crusaders at the ANZ National Stadium in Fiji while the Reds are back in Australia to face the Jaguares in Brisbane.

    Scorers:

    Chiefs

    Tries: Pita Sowakula, Atunaisa Moli, Etene Nanai-Seturo

    Conversions: Marty McKenzie (2)

    Reds

    Try: Taniela Tupou

    Conversion: Bryce Hegarty

    Penalties: Hegarty (2)

    Teams:

    Chiefs

    15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Sam Cane (captain), 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Jesse Parete, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli

    Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Daymon Leasuasu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Sean Wainui

    Reds

    15 Matt McGahan, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Seb Wileman, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert

    Substitutes: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Feao Fotuaika, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Adam Korczyk, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Teti Tela, 23 Liam McNamara

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    Fixtures

    Friday, 31 January 2020
    • Blues v Chiefs, Eden Park 08:05
    • Brumbies v Reds, GIO Stadium 10:15
    • Sharks v Bulls, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 19:10
    Saturday, 01 February 2020
    • Sunwolves v Rebels, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium 05:45
    • Crusaders v Waratahs, Trafalgar Park 08:05
    • Stormers v Hurricanes, Cape Town 15:05
    • Jaguares v Lions, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23:40
    Friday, 07 February 2020
    • Highlanders v Sharks, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:05
    • Brumbies v Rebels, GIO Stadium 10:15

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